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The following list of symptoms are some of the most common for determining the need for expert periodontal treatment or intervention. Symptoms may be experienced differently from patient to patient.
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These symptoms of gum disease are not mutually exclusive nor exhaustive. They may resemble other types of conditions or medical issues. Consult a dentist or Periodontist specialist for accurate diagnosis and recommendations for intervention, management or traditional periodontal therapies.
- Persistent bad breath or bad taste
- Bleeding while brushing
- Bleeding while flossing
- Gums are swollen
- Gums are unusually tender
- Signs of receding gum tissue
- Teeth are becoming loose
- Teeth are beginning to separate
- Fit of dentures or partials is changing
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- Evidence of pus between gums and teeth
- New or unusual changes in bite
The earlier a periodontal gum disease problem is diagnosed and treated, the better long-term prognosis for eliminating extensive tooth loss.
Left untreated..... it will result in significant loss of critical bone mass and structure... thereby causing tooth loss with little hope of regaining healthy teeth. In significant cases, the bone loss can prevent the proper fitting of dentures.